195 William St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
03 9600 1991
Little Billy serves up some big flavours in downtown Melbourne, presenting a diverse menu that’s built upon a paddock-to-plate mentality. Its location on William Street ensures it’s perfectly placed to look after the culinary needs of regulars and first-time visitors.
The inspiration for the name came from the restaurant’s location on the corner of Little Bourke and William Street. However, the fictional character is more than just a name – it’s a celebration of Australian farming and a symbol for some of the freshest food you can nd in the city.
Little Billy is the youngest of the six venues from the Billy Group family, founded by the Funky Food Group. Despite being kilometres apart, each venue holds the same ethos when it comes to the dining experience: an informal setting, rustic food and a smart approach to fresh and healthy ingredients. At Li le Billy, this philosophy is carried out over breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.
Just like Billy, Head Chef Jackson Michael travelled from the country to the city to immerse himself in Melbourne’s food scene. After working in a number of different establishments, the Funky Food Group snapped him up to create the unique menu at Li le Billy, where his passion for cooking is evident in each and every dish.
The majority of the produce that makes it to the kitchen, including chicken, lamb, beef and seafood, is sourced in Victoria. Fruits and vegetables like broad beans, asparagus, peas, cherry tomatoes, zucchini owers, apples and pears are also locally grown.
If you’re popping in for breakfast, the ever-popular acai bowl is a reliable go-to. For something a li le larger, embrace the quality of the free-range eggs with chilli scrambled eggs, served with goat’s cheese and chives.
The lunchtime menu may read easy, but there’s nothing simple about the ingredients. The Billy’s Cheeseburger uses Victorian Angus beef, bacon, gruyere cheese, pickles, American mustard and tomato sauce, and is served on a toasted brioche bun with fat chips and garlic aioli. Similarly, the chicken parmigiana is topped with housemade Napoli sauce, buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto and basil, and bedded on celeriac remoulade.
The only items not from the Victorian region are some wines and for good reason. Whilst still boasting an impressive range from within Australia, expect to see other amazing sparkling and white wines from areas such as France and New Zealand, selected by experienced Sommelier, Chris Walsh.
Li le Billy’s all-day operations is reflected in the three unique dining areas throughout the restaurant. There is an outdoor area for a more casual experience, home to live music or watching sporting events, while the bar and communal dining room doubles as a meeting place for large work groups escaping the hustle and bustle of the city.
For an evening outing to Little Billy, look no further than the large high- ceilinged dining room, complete with contemporary furniture and possibly the most impressive feature – a life-size tractor attached to the roof.
A dining experience at Little Billy is like a trip to the countryside. With such popularity, it’s clear that this fresh and healthy way of serving food will be here to stay.